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MWCC Hearing Section Frequently Asked Questions:

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  • IMPORTANT NOTICE: The parties should bring paper copies of all documents that are proposed exhibits to the evidentiary hearing -- one copy for the judge, one copy for each party, and one copy for any witness who may be asked to review the document. This is true even if the proposed exhibits were previously filed with the Commission. This will allow the judge and the parties to confirm at the evidentiary hearing the exact documents that will comprise the exhibit volume of the record.

  • Contents:

    Prehearing Statement News 3-15-08
    What services are offered by the Hearing Section?
    Who staffs the Docket Room?
    Who handles the Pre-hearing Department responsibilities?
    Who is responsible for setting Full Commission hearings?
    Who are the Administrative Judges?
    What is the 2014 motion day schedule?
    Is there a map available that shows the 2014 hearing locations and Administrative Judge territories?
    How long is the discovery period?
    How many copies of pleadings should be filed?
    How can I obtain a copy of the prehearing statement form, medical records affidavit form, and form order?
    What if a case is settled before the scheduled hearing?
    Where do I send a petition for approval of compromise (“9-i”) settlement?
    When is the best time to schedule an unrepresented 9i hearing before an administrative judge?

    Prehearing Statement News 3-15-08

    Click here for the Prehearing Statement News document (PDF).

    What services are offered by the Hearing Section?

    The Hearing Section consists of the docket room, pre-hearing department, administrative judges, and secretaries for the administrative judges. This Section maintains the controverted files (cases in which there is a dispute) from the time the claimant files a petition to controvert until the matter is concluded at a hearing before an administrative judge or by settlement. A controverted file is processed initially in the pre-hearing department. When the employer/carrier files an answer to the petition to controvert, the controverted file is transferred to the docket room to be assigned to an administrative judge. There are eight administrative judges who travel to all counties of the State to hold evidentiary hearings in workers’ compensation cases. There are four legal assistants and two secretaries who assist the judges.

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    Who staffs the Docket Room?

    Teresa Scallorn, Docket Administrator, 601-987-4274. E-mail: tscallorn at mwcc.state.ms.us
    The judges' legal assistants

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    Who handles the Pre-hearing Department responsibilities?

    Mickie Pace, 601-987-4260

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    Who is responsible for setting Full Commission hearings?

    Lee Anne Muncie, 601-987-4258.  E-mail:  lmuncie at mwcc.state.ms.us

    Who are the Administrative Judges?

    James Homer Best. E-mail jhbest at mwcc.state.ms.us, or contact his legal assistant.
    Melba Dixon. E-mail mdixon at mwcc.state.ms.us, or contact her legal assistant.
    Tammy G. Harthcock. E-mail tharthcock at mwcc.state.ms.us, or contact her legal assistant.
    Robert J. Arnold, III. E-mail rarnold at mwcc.state.ms.us, or contact his legal assistant.
    Deneise Turner Lott. E-mail dlott at mwcc.state.ms.us, or contact her legal assistant.
    Ginny Mounger. E-mail gmounger at mwcc.state.ms.us, or contact her legal assistant.
    Linda A. Thompson. E-mail lthompson at mwcc.state.ms.us, or contact her legal assistant.
    Cindy Wilson. E-mail cwilson at mwcc.state.ms.us, or contact her legal assistant.

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    What is the 2014 motion day schedule?

    Motion Day starts at 10:00 am.

    The administrative judges will hold regularly scheduled monthly motion days as follows:

     

    First Monday Jackson Harthcock/Dixon
    First Tuesday Greenwood Thompson/Mounger
    "" Meridian Best/Wilson
    Second Monday Jackson Best/Wilson
    Second Tuesday Columbus Harthcock/Dixon
    "" Gulfport Lott/Arnold
    Third Monday Jackson Lott/Arnold
    Third Tuesday Oxford Thompson/Mounger
    "" Hattiesburg Best/Wilson
    Fourth Monday Jackson Thompson/Mounger
    Fourth Tuesday Natchez Lott/Arnold
    "" Pascagoula Best/Wilson
    "" Tupelo Harthcock/Dixon

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    Is there a map available that shows the 2010 hearing locations and Administrative Judge territories?

    Yes, click HERE to see the map.

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    How long is the discovery period?

    The discovery period is 120 days long, beginning when the case is assigned to an administrative judge, ordinarily right after the employer/carrier files an answer.

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    Can the discovery period be extended?

    The discovery period can be extended if there is good cause set forth in a written request for an extension. Discovery extensions will not be granted in response to a telephoned request.

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    How many copies of pleadings should be filed?

    The petition to controvert (Form B-5, 11) must be filed in triplicate (three copies), but only one copy of motions and correspondence should be filed. Please do not send an extra copy to the administrative judge, as the administrative judges use only the official MWCC files maintained in the docket room.

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    How can I obtain a copy of the prehearing statement form, medical records affidavit form, and form order?

    The prehearing statement form, medical records affidavit form, and form order are available at this website.

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    What if a case is settled before the scheduled hearing?

    If a case settles before the scheduled hearing, the attorneys should telephone the legal assistant in the docket room so that the administrative judge will be informed that the hearing has been settled and then follow up with a written announcement of settlement.

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    Where do I send a petition for approval of compromise (“9-i”) settlement?

    If the case is noncontroverted, the settlement documents (original and two copies of petitions and proposed orders) go to the File Room. If the case is controverted, the settlement documents should be routed to Mickie Pace, Pre-hearing Supervisor, for processing.

    When is the best time to schedule an unrepresented 9i hearing before an administrative judge?

    For most judges, on motion day prior to the 10:00 start of motions.

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